Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guest - Zrinka Jelic

Good morning, all! We have author Zrinka Jelic visiting today to tell us why she chose to write paranormal. Should be fascinating! She's got a giveaway so make sure you follow her instructions PLUS leave a way for her to contact you in case your name is drawn. Good luck!


Thank you for hosting me on your blog today, Lynda. It’s always exciting and such pleasure to reach out to new audience. Just for stopping by I will randomly pick one person who leaves me a comment. The gift is an e-copy of one of my two books, winner’s choice.

For this blog stop, I’ve decided to ramble about why I write paranormal. In my debut novel “Bonded by Crimson” paranormal theme is mild, comparing to some books where the unnatural is too heavy. I find it bogs down the plot and usually the paranormal world is not fully developed. I chose the paranormal mostly because I love to resurrect the old legends or tragic love stories and give the characters the chance to love each other. Just to see what their love would be like had it not been forbidden. Was their initial attraction an infatuation? Would it last or dwindle away? And since the people in those stories are long dead, the only way to bring them back to life is to make them immortal. Or reincarnated, in different bodies but with the same souls.

The hero in “Bonded by Crimson” is a half breed. His transformation to vampire didn’t complete and he’s give best of both worlds. He is not able to make minions, but he can recognize a vampire in the crowd. Though he prefers the company of mortals, there’re times when vamps do come in handy.

The heroine is human, but she has sensitivity to paranormal world. She tries to deny it, but can’t hide from it. I can’t disclose all the details of how the hero got into her head and persuaded her to write his story because that will be detailed in the prequel I’m working on now.

One other thing you’ll find in my books is the setting. I love to take the reader to all expenses paid trip to Croatia. I grew up playing hide and seek on the remains of the ancient Roman Forum, or a game of tag, running through the narrow mediaeval streets, paved by the hands of people who lived there centuries ago. Kids today still enjoy this without a second thought. The kind of freedom children in North America don’t get to experience anymore. As soon as I learned how to swim, I spent entire days of summer on the beach. We all knew when the sun dipped it’s time to go home for supper. And that was it. There were no 24/7 TV program, no internet, no video games and lo and behold we’re still alive. But, I wouldn’t trade that childhood for what kids have today.

You will find all these things incorporated in my books. I love to reminisce on the time long gone that will not come back.

About Zrinka: Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction—which leans toward the paranormal—and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic’s love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but that’s about the only break they get. “Alas,” Jelic says, with a grin. “Some rain must fall in everyone’s life.”

Love isn’t in the cards for Kate. After her short failed marriage she’s trying to rebuild her life and finds herself nursing the three lovely boys of Mr. Zrin. A man, whose idea of fatherhood is non-existent. Her efforts to bring the best out of this reluctant father are mysteriously supported by a being she cannot grasp. It takes a trip to her hometown in Croatia and an evening full of coffee-reading with her old friend to find out that there’s an earthbound spirit attached to Kate.

For the past six years, Matthias Zrin has been trying to follow his dead wife’s urging to change his ways and become the father she always wanted him to be. Not an easy task for a three centuries old immortal. His search for the ultimate nanny ends when Kate Rokov stumbles to his home and into his arms. The immediate attraction he feels for Kate sets him off. He isn’t prepared to let go of the love he harboured for one woman for over three hundred years. But when Kate offers him her loving smile, everything he clung to in the past begins to tumble and break down on him.  

Excerpt: He claimed to be immortal, but that was ridiculous...wasn’t it?

Kate’s heart hammered. The experience seemed so real. A low moan escaped her and she bit her lip. Soon warmth surged through her, causing her body to go limp. Her legs gave way underneath her, but Matthias—or whoever this man claimed to be now—wrapped his arm around her waist. His sweet, musky scent clung to her. Ecstasy filled her and she felt as if she hovered in the air. If he intended to kill her like this, she could imagine no better way to die. A voice echoed through her mind, speaking of undying love in centuries old Croatian.

“Wake up,” he whispered close to her ear, his strong arms still locked around her.

“I don’t want to.” Her head wobbled, exuberant with sheer happiness, a kind she had never experienced before.

“You must.” He stroked her hair with tender fingers. “Wake up now.”

“No. I want to stay like this. Forever.” She focused on his handsome face staring at her through her haze.
His smooth cheek brushed against hers. “Me too, but you must wake.”

The fog lifted and his image appeared, clearly now. She blinked once. Twice. What had happened? She pushed away from him and flattened her back against the wall.

“You, you—”

“You,” he said, pointing at her, “asked for proof.”

Where to get “Bonded by Crimson”

Also look for my second book titled “Treasured Chest” a historical pirate’s romance with action/adventure on high seas. Here’s the blurb.

The last thing Captain Sirena expected to find on a desolate island was...him!

When Carmen Ventura takes up her post as commander of the Strega, she becomes the new Captain Sirena, the legendary pirate most people think is just a myth created to scare children. Her first quest is to search for the “treasured chest” hidden by her predecessor. But before she can even begin the hunt, she runs into Marko Lucin, captain of the Levant and Carmen’s most insane adventure yet.

How can the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen be a bloody pirate?

Never one to pass up an adventure, especially where pretty women are concerned, Marko finds his ultimate challenge in Carmen. Not only does he fall for her courage, spunk, and intelligence, but the lady pirate can also help him get what he wants—the famous treasure everyone whispers about. His only problem—how long can he play the charming captain before she discovers his true intentions?

Where to get “Treasured Chest”

-- Lynda Again,
    Wow, what great covers, Zrinka! And the books sound fascinating! I think all the Star-Crossed Romance readers will agree.

    Don't forget to leave a comment and a way for Zrinka to contact you (e-addy is great) or make sure you check back to see if you've been selected.

     Have a Blessed Day!


Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Zrinka! Thanks for being with us today. One of the things I love most about reading is being able to take trips to lands I'll likely never set foot in. Your books sound fascinating!

Firetulip said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Lynda. Yes, books should take you to far away places and make you feel as if you're there.

Karen Owens said...

Really enjoyed your blog.I can't decide which book i what to read just!!

bn100 said...

These books sound intriguing.